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2003/12/17

"Marketplace For Ideas" Conference And Trade Show Slated for Jan. 15n16 The third annual "Marketplace for Ideas in Agriculture and Rural Communities" conference and trade show will be held at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Jan. 15-16 in the West Tennessee Agricultural Pavilion. The "Marketplace for Ideas" concept was developed to help farmers and other agribusiness people from Tennessee and surrounding states learn to add value to the products they produce, to diversify their operations or to use their farmlands for new ventures. The two-day conference is funded through a USDA Rural Business Enterprises grant and will be conducted through the efforts of several Tennessee agricultural related organizations and agencies. The conference combines educational sessions with a large trade show to give conference goers a chance to investigate as many options as possible. The Marketplace for Ideas concept brings together all the supportcommunity development leaders, educators, policy makers, lenders, entrepreneurial and marketing experts, and especially producers who have already successfully diversified or added value to their productsnecessary for farmers to create or increase profits through diversification or through new on-farm businesses. The trade show features current entrepreneurs, support businesses and services for one-on-one questions and discussion. The cost to attend is $10 for adults and $5 for students on the day of the conference. Pre-registration is only $7 for adults and $3 for students. For more information on the conference and trade show, visit www.ideasinagriculture.com, or contact conference coordinator and U.T. Agricultural Extension specialist Dr. Peggy Hamlett at (731) 425-4711, or contact Dr. Jim Byford, Dean, U.T. Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at (731) 587-7250. For information on exhibiting at the trade show, an exhibitor registration form can downloaded at www.ideasinagriculture.com or call (731) 425-4717.

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